Transition dynamics for multi-pulsing in mode-locked lasers

Brandon G. Bale, Khanh Q Kieu, J. Nathan Kutz, Frank Wise

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Abstract

We consider experimentally and theoretically a refined parameter space in a laser system near the transition to multi-pulse modelocking. Near the transition, the onset of instability is initiated by a Hopf (periodic) bifurcation. As the cavity energy is increased, the band of unstable, oscillatory modes generates a chaotic behavior between single- and multi-pulse operation. Both theory and experiment are in good qualitative agreement and they suggest that the phenomenon is of a universal nature in mode-locked lasers at the onset of multi-pulsing from N to N +1 pulses per round trip. This is the first theoretical and experimental characterization of the transition behavior, made possible by a highly refined tuning of the gain pump level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23137-23146
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Transition dynamics for multi-pulsing in mode-locked lasers. / Bale, Brandon G.; Kieu, Khanh Q; Kutz, J. Nathan; Wise, Frank.

In: Optics Express, Vol. 17, No. 25, 07.12.2009, p. 23137-23146.

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Bale, Brandon G. ; Kieu, Khanh Q ; Kutz, J. Nathan ; Wise, Frank. / Transition dynamics for multi-pulsing in mode-locked lasers. In: Optics Express. 2009 ; Vol. 17, No. 25. pp. 23137-23146.
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